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This is going to be a work in process and as it 2006 when we went and I didn't join TravelPod until 2008. I do have all the photos downloaded and tagged. And there are stories that need to go in here. Staying at the Barbados Hilton, this holiday became a honeymoon missed due to medical reasons two years earlier.... and what a honeymoon place it is …
What a great destination to just lay on the beach. Nice beaches all around the island and the only way to describe the water around Barbados is - warm, melted butter. If you've been swimming or snorkeling there, you know exactly what I mean. Don't miss the Oistens Fish Market on Friday nights - local food and music without the tourists! **photos to follow**
... pilot whale sighting and we were tailed for a couple of hours on one day by an un identified fish around 2 meters in length. Only saw 2 other yachts on the way over. Dropped Tom off at the airport earlier today for his flight back to the UK and plan to head over to St Vincent tomorrow lunchtime. More details of the passage to be posted ...
... feels better.
Once again this journey is proving its weight in gold, because by this simple mind shift and change of lifestyle I am adding years to my life …
Where a year ago I was just sitting around moping … I am now a different person … active, getting fit and healthy … a new person.
Look out Steve … that tennis game is coming soon, and that $1,000 is mine !!!
... along with the entire bus of people, had won this trip through a radio show in Toronto. With it came an inclusive trip and stay in Barbados, $1,000 spending money and tickets to see New Kids on The Block and Bare Naked Ladies. Apparently, NKOB are quite popular in the land of North of my great country and both the women were quite excited about this concert. Who knew? I'd been over those guys since my pre-teens but thought it was cute to see two ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Barbados Resort Saint Michael
Excellent hotel and wonderful staff
Stayed at the wonderful Hilton Barbados for our honeymoon in early July.
we have traveled throughout the Carribean at various islands and resorts, including Sandals, etc. and we have to say the Hilton Barbados is the best yet.
- check in: cold towel, live music, fruit punch and great, helpful friendly staff to check you in and take you to our room
as a Hilton Diamond member, and on our honeymoon, we were upgraded to a 1 bedroom suite which was very nice with 2 balconies...if there was anything bad to say, it was that the bed was really firm/hard
- the staff: the number of staff working at the resort was unbelievable! and I can not say enough positive things about the staff at this resort how friendly and helpful they all are...especially in the hotel restaurants...a five star service! they remembered your name in the restaurant and treating all guests like family it seemed...they had live music nightly at the hotel bar, and we stopped there each night. Buffets at the hotel are great, but a little expensive, but so are most restaurants in Barbados
- the resort: being brand new, it has so many great features that a new hotel can offer. The pool is wonderful, but of average size...plenty of chairs at the pool and on the beach, and you can always ask for more...towel service at the pool was great as well
- location: walking distance to bridgetown, and about $8-10 usd to most places you would want to go...
- beach: soft, powder sand, and a long beach to go for a nice walk each morning which was great...once in the water, there were a lot of rocks, so be careful not to get cut on them...the beach area to the right is very shallow (up to your waist max) which is nice to just hang out in
- restaurants: go to Champers and the Cliff - both were outstanding
overall, an excellent hotel, and we would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great resort, with excellent staff and service
First Class Resort
My wife and I just returned from a wonderful week at the brand new Hilton. The lady that wrote the August 19th review did an excellent job in detailing the layout of the hotel. We used Hilton Honor points to pay for our room so I am not sure of the daily/weekly rate. We did have access to the executive lounge which provides free wireless access, daily breakfast, free cocktails at 6pm and snacks and soft drinks throughout the day (you can't take anything out of the lounge). We were disappointed at the overall design of the hotel. It didin't seem to fit into the caribbean atmosphere. The hotel is also land locked and is on a tiny plot of land. When the hotel is full (350 rooms) then I think that the pool and beach area will seem crowded. Very nice pool and beach area. I think this hotel is geared more to traveling business people and families than for Honeymooners. All the employees we talked with were great and the service was excellent.
My wife and I spent a week here and and had a wonderful time. The have two pools, beach, exercise room, room service, restaurant, Yoga classes, pool restaurant and bar, Excellent Security, Room safe, Jewelry Store, really cool lounge area and friendly employees. I am one picky guy and the place meets my standards. It's as clean as the Hiltons in the USA.
My Best Vacation
My husband and I just got back from Barbados. We stayed at the Hilton in Christ Church. Everything about the hotel is wonderful. The views from our room can only be described as breathetaking. The beaches around the hotel was clean, the sand white, the water warm. The staff from the front desk to the two on site resturant were all wonderfully nice, friendly and helpful. This was my birthday trip and it was the greatest. The Hilton is the place to be.
Special Place ~ will return soon
I just returned from a 7-day stay at the new Hilton Barbados Resort. Let me preface this by saying that I've been to at least 12 other Caribbean destinations, so I am somewhat of a seasoned traveler.
Upon clearing customs at the airport, I was greeted by a Hilton representative (my first nice surprise). The Hilton rep was very helpful in securing a vehicle to the Hilton. She gave some very good advice about local culture, where the fun was, how to get around, etc. Upon arrival at the Hilton, I was greeted with a nice cold refreshing towel and welcome drink. There was a steel band performing in the open-air lobby. The view from the lobby of the ocean is breath-taking. The entire staff was incredibly courteous and obliging from the very start. My room had a view of the harbor. At first I had thought that I wanted a view on the larger ocean side, but later was pleased with the tranquility the harbor-view offered, and I enjoyed watching the sailboats and varioius activites of the harbor. My room was spacious. Very high ceilings. Dimmer Switches. Marble bathroom with separate large shower and tub. Complete with mini-bar. The hotel itself gives a feeling of "upscale" but also has been nicely blended with a touch of rustic, so as not to be overly pretentious. I ate at all of the Hilton Restaurants. I was traveling with my 9 y.o. child, and was happy that he was able to eat at 50% of the regular price. The food was above-average. The service, at times, was a little slow (but not without apology). I was offered a complimentary salad for enduring a short wait and was happy for the offering of apology. This Hilton has lots of service personnel and "quality-control" staff. I felt a bit pampered most of the time. The Kidz club was very nice and staff equally friendly and accommodating. There was nightly entertainment (music). While I felt the quality of the entertainment was quite good, it would have been nice if they had some kind of live "shows" of dance or other cultural offerings.
The local beer "Banks" is quite good. If you are at the pool, ask them to put some on ice about 10 mins. before serving.. as it has a tendency to get a little tepid very rapidly.
I went during the "rainy" season. We experienced a short shower (about 5 mins.) daily. This was not enough rain to cause us to even get out of our lounge chairs at the pool. It was hot, but there was a constant breeze. We went to (Oistins) a local weekly festival close by every Friday night. Definitely worth experiencing for all age groups.
We also spent a day at Bridgetown (where the cruise ships come in) . It was sort of reminiscent of old San Juan and bustling. Haggling is part of the game in this area, if you are much of a shopper, I noticed.
The Hilton has a protected area to swim on the beach with very little wave action.. which made it stress-free for me while my son enjoyed swimming in the surf. The beach is incrediby clean. I had ony one encounter with a ware-hawker .. the Hilton has LOTS of security personnel to keep the "hawking" at a minimal.
Overall, this was a GREAT vacation for my son and myself. We met several other families with same-age children (most from England) . I would recommend the Hilton to any age group. I'll definitely be back!
The best vacation we've ever had
I stayed with my family (2 kids age 7 and 3) recently at the brand new Hilton Barbados and is has been the most wonderful experience right from Check/In through to the day we had to leave.
Welcomed by the open air lobby with live steel band music and a host in traditional barbadian costume offering a cold towel and a welcome drink.
We had two rooms with connecting doors, both of which had an unbelievable view of the Caribbean Sea. I understand that all 350 rooms of Hilton Barbados do have Ocean View.
Since I do check on work during my vacation the High Speed Internet Access in the room was great, but the best was the wireless access in the public areas including the pool. Nothing better than to sit in your lounge chair with a Pina Colada and get some work done. The pools are fabulous and the beach has white sand and is beautiful.
The children couldn't wait every morning to go down to the kids clubs where professionally and trained staff provides daily supervision and I have not seen better hotel staff anywhere I've stayed.
All staff at the Hilton smiles sincerely and do everything possible to make your stay a memorable and enjoyable one, which is not a given at all in the Caribbean and in Barbados.
The fine dining room is first class, the main restaurant offers great variety and choices. Children under 5 eat all meals free and under 12 you get free breakfast and a 50 % discount on all other meals. Snorkel gear, surf lession, kajaks - all free for guests and the salsa lessons and fitness classes on the beach are great.
I have already re-booked with the hotel, this is truly a gem to be discovered.
Love the Hilton Barbados
I have to concur with the other excellent reviews on this brand new hotel!
We just returned from a 6 night stay at the hotel on 7/29/05 with our young nephews. From the moment we arrived the service was outstanding and without question met our expectations. Our nephews were very impressed with the cold towels and fruit punch upon arrival in the lobby. As a Hilton Honors Gold member, we were upgraded to a beautiful suite with Executive Level access. The Executive Lounge had just recently opened, but began getting their kinks worked out throught our visit and offered a beautiful view to enjoy continental breakfast, beverages or snacks throughout the day or cocktail hour.
The tour desk was excellent and did a great job arranging a number of various tours along with dinner reservations for us at The Cliff.
The pool and beach were beautiful and the boys enjoyed the surf in the evenings as the waves kicked up just a bit at that time. The Barbados Blue on-site dive center offered a great snorkeling trip for only $20. We chose this over the all day event with lunch from the tour company and was just the perfect amount of time and essentially went to the same sites as the all day trip that was $75 per person. The staff was great and even helped with the youngest nephew. They were extremely knowledgeable, conscious and professional. I'd like my husband to get certified and would have felt very comfortable with their staff.
We ate at the hotel on several occassions and thoroughly enjoyed the fine dining restaurant Careenage. The prices were very consistent with those at the same type of resturant at home. The buffet at the Lighthouse was just ok, but the food was excellent poolside at the Waters Edge along with very good drinks. Happy Hour at 5-6pm was an excellent time to enjoy those expensive specialty drinks! The great thing with kids is that their meals are 50% off if the order from the regular menu. Our nephews tend to like salmon, shrimp, scallops etc rather than kids chicken fingers/fries, so was great when ordering them a healthy meal instead!
Overall Barbados was a very beautiful island and the Bajan people are as kind and welcoming as any location I've visited in the world!
Lived up to advance booking and then some
We got very, very lucky...and the Hilton Barbados was a large part of that luck. We were supposed to have flown to Curacao, but our vacation was cancelled due to a hurricane that blew threw our connecting point in Jamaica. With less than two days' notice, we regrouped and our family (husband, wife and two teenage daughters) decided to go to Barbados, after finding a great bargain on Priceline.
We live in Philly, so we had a direct flight to Barbados, and were able to stay at the Hilton. The hotel is new, having opened less than a year ago; the old one was imploded. It's located about eight minutes west of the capital of Bridgetown. The rooms overlook either the bay or the ocean; go for the ocean if at all possible. The bayview also overlooks the Mobil refinery.
The lobby is open-air; when we arrived, we were greeted with rum punch (my older daughter wanted hers spiked, and they made it so) and a cooling hand towel. Our rooms were adjacent, which we as parents appreciated.
The rooms themselves are superb. Each has a balcony...tiled floors with Berber space rugs. The bathrooms are spacious with separate shower and bath. Heck, even the towels felt fluffy...none of this threadbare stuff you find in too many establishments.
The staff was equally delightful. We found Barbadians (Bajans, in the local dialect) to be friendly, and knowledgeable, and the staff reflected that from the top on down.
If you go to Barbados, please note: the price of living is sky-high. Everything is beyond exorbitant, beginning with a 15% VAT..."the price we pay for living in paradise," one local told me. So, dinners at the Lighthouse Cafe can run $40US for the buffet, before taxes and the 10% service fee in lieu of tip. Having said that, the food the staff served was great. Well prepared, and fresh. (It's our opinion, BTW, that they want you to order the buffet, and not go a la carte: food prepared off the menu took significantly longer than we expected.) We settled in and routinely ordered the buffet; $200US dinners for a family of four became the norm; dinners away from the hotel even ran a bit more. The service was impeccable; we almost felt as if we were on a cruise, with the personal attention level from the staff.
Back to the beach...they've taken steps to keep things friendly, including installing a rocky reef, to keep the beach from washing away, and to ensure that the waves that hit the shore are gentle. The beach itself is powdery white sand, and is very nice. Two pools and a (supposedly) hot tub are available...all three close at 6pm, which was early in our opinion. (Note: Barbados does not use Daylight Savings Time, so it got dark at 630pm.) The nearby bar makes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks; once you get past the prices, the drinks are quite good, and quite spiked with local rum. Happy hour, from 5-6pm, is quite the bargain; half price drinks. We found some confusion among the staff about the chalkboarded "drink of the day," but again, they were very glad to clear up any confusion and did so promptly.
Each of us had a massage; the hotel is apparently so new that the dedicated spa facility has yet to be finished, so our massages were done in a converted hotel room. No problem.
Back to the prices for one moment: the hotel is located far enough from the city that walking is not for the faint-hearted...you pass through the red light district on the way into town. Cab fares, one way, run about $8US, more elsewhere, depending on where you want to go. I walked to the nearby national horseracing track; great time, if you get the chance...the horses run clockwise around the track, just the opposite of what they do in the US. (Of course, the horses also drive on the left side of the road...)
A complete range of tours and reservations are made available through a tour desk in the front lobby. We took advantage of both and were very satisfied with the professionalism of the tour guides. Great bunch of folks.
In short, the Barbados Hilton exceeded expectations. We would recommend it to friends and would return.
Picture Perfect Paradise
From the moment we arrived until the moment we forced ourselves to check out, we enjoyed first-rate service, wonderful accommodations and an amazing view!
Althought we checked in late into the evening, we were greeted with friendly smiles, a cooling towel and refreshments. By the time we checked into our room, we were already feeling relaxed and knowing that we were going to enjoy our stay.
When I learned that we had a first-floor room, I was a little concerned about the lack of a view ... I was dead wrong. The balcony faced the crystal blue waters and we awoke in the morning to the sounds of waves crashing on the beach. The room was furnished similar to other Hilton properties, but it was very clean and tastefully decorated.
The food at the indoor restaurant was a bit pricey, but it was excellent as was the service (and the prices were on par with the rest of the island). Although the beachside bar/restaurant didn't serve lunch until 11:30, our waiter actually went inside to get menues, then allowed us to order from that restaurant and brought it to us, as he knew we needed to checkout by noon.
The pools were incredible, and we were torn between the beach and poolside lounging ... there were plenty of lounges and umbrellas in either location.
Everything was postcard perfect, from the scenery and facilities to the incredible service and excellent food. We were sad to leave, but glad we had the opportunity to experience this property.
My fiancee and I married at the Hilton Barbados and were ecstatic at the service and the beauty of this resort. The hotel is situated right next to the beach, so you can literally walk out of the hotel, pass the pool, and lay right on the beach. June is considered 'off-season' but it only rained once per day for about 10 minutes, and then immediately the sun would come out. We were upgraded to suites and the rooms were huge. The staff is so friendly and accommodating, especially the pool bar staff. The locals love tourists and are happy to talk and hang out with you. The food is good as well and the 24 hour room service is delicious. With the wedding, we didn't have much time for sight seeing, but plan to head back next year. Check out the Calabaza Restaurant (only about 10 minutes away) for an excellent meal and a gorgeous setting.